Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is betting that
interactive digital media will help preserve American democracy.
Democracies sustain robust health through debate and by adjusting policies as a result of insights gained in the process. By all accounts, then, the United States should be very healthy, because we debate almost everything. Can and should we
Demand that every citizen carry health insurance?
Provide schooling for children of illegal immigrants?
Teach evolution, creationism, or intelligent design?
Invade personal privacy to protect national security?
With multiple sides claiming constitutional fidelity,
however, debate in the United States is more divisive than
ever, and constructive debates and adjustments have stalled.
Correlation is not causation, but it is interesting to note
that our obsessive focus on math and reading on standardized
tests over the past two decades, at the expense of a similar
focus on civics and science performance, coincides with the